04:16AM | 09/20/08
Member Since: 09/19/08
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The deck is about 450sq ft. I'm in the process of re-doing the finish but here's the problem.

On the surface there is white paint on the deck. The paint on the railing is in fairly good condition and the floor boards have that typical weathered look but the paint is still there. I purchased some BEHR stain and finish remover to get it out. I'm applying the stripper as per instructions and then using a power washer to remove the paint. What i'm now seeing is that there is another layer of white paint under there and then also a layer of red paint!! 3 coats of paint!

I removed most of the 1st coat in one day but it was very labor intensive plus each gallon of stripper is $20. Used 3 gallons already. The deck still has a lot of paint remaining on it.

At this point I was just thinking of getting someone to sand everything off to save time. Is this a possibility?? Or do I keep going at it with the stripper??(i'd rather not!)


03:40PM | 09/20/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
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So do you want a natural finish when you are done?


04:05PM | 09/20/08
Member Since: 09/19/08
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I want to put a semi-transparent redwood stain once everything is removed.


03:35AM | 09/21/08
Member Since: 01/25/07
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I am in the same process as you and using the same product. Initially I tried sanding the deck with a belt sander, but it didn't remove much as some of the boards were cupped. I am having the best luck using the finish remover.


02:53AM | 09/22/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I would stick with the remover but would add a stiff brush to agitate the remover before the power washer.


04:11PM | 02/25/09
Member Since: 02/24/09
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For years CCA was used in residential applications to pressure treat wood. CCA contains arsenic which is a known carcinogen. Sanding and prepping a CCA treated deck could be extremely hazardous to your health. I used a test kit on my pressure treated wood to find out if it was arsenic treated. It's a good thing to know. Check out

If you have to prep it, be sure to wear gloves and a respirator as you dont want to breath that stuff!
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